Amy Coleman | Owner, Director, Choreographer
Amy successfully juggles the role of Director, Choreographer, Teacher and Entrepreneur. As the owner and director of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, Inc., she has produced, directed and choreographed countless number of shows, including spring revues, musicals, pageant production numbers and many special events. Amy’s dream of Steppin’ Out became a reality at the early age of 23 and she runs one of the most successful studios in the upstate. She started her first year in business in 1993 with 84 students and it has flourished to nearly 500 students. Amy continues her dance education by traveling to dance master classes and workshops. Mrs. Coleman has performed all across the United States, including New York, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Disney World, Disney Land, Las Vegas, Chicago and Seattle to name a few. She has also studied and performed with leading choreographers in the industry such as three time Tony Award Winner Thommie Walsh, Scott Benson, Barry Youngblood, Joe Tremaine, Mia Michaels and Jackie Sleight. She has toured nationally with Danny Hoctor’s Dance Caravan for four tours and was the official choreographer for the Miss South Carolina pageant for four years. Other credits include 1994 Miss Berea, featured dancer in the 1991 Citrus Bowl Halftime Show and choreographed for the Miss Anderson Scholarship Pageant for 6 years. Amy has also choreographed the Anderson Senior Follies since 2007. To add to her credentials, Amy is a professional model with Millie Lewis Modeling Agency and captured first runner up in the Millie Lewis Model of the Year Competition in 2014.
Destiny Donald | Hip Hop, P.A.T. Pack
Destiny Donald is an alumni of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. Her dancing career began at the tender age of five and she quickly worked her way up the ranks. Destiny was a student assistant and a member of our award winning competition team PAT PACK for 6 years. She has just completed her first year of teaching hip hop and has captured the hearts of her students. With her dynamic choreography and her soft, sweet disposition, she is a favorite with dancers and parents alike! Destiny is trained in hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, classical ballet and pointe. She is a rising sophomore at Anderson University double majoring in Kinesiology and Dance. She has won a National Scholarship with Dance Makers, Inc. and has earned 3 scholarships to Dance Makers Summer Intensives in California.
Sarah Caroline Elrod | Hip Hop
Sarah Caroline was born a dancer! Her dance foundation was rooted very early as she grew up in her mother’s successful dance studio. Sarah Caroline has studied dance at The Center of Performing Arts and The Southern Strutt. Her training includes classical ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary tumbling and acro. She has dance competitively for 15 years and has assisted multiple professionals for many years. She is an honor graduate from River Bluff High School where she participated in Dance 2, 3 and 4 with emphasis in choreography. She is a rising sophomore at Clemson University majoring in business.
Jaz Isom | Tumbling
Jaz started tumbling at the end of his sophomore year in high school and during his junior and senior year, he joined the Acrobatics team in the private high school he attended, Mount Pisgah Academy. There he learned various ways to tumble, stunt, and condition. After he graduated from high school, he coached gymnastics at Electric City Gymnastics where he first learned how to coach basic tumbling skills as well as bars and a little vaulting and trampoline. After working there a few months, he acquired a job at Palmetto Cheer and Tumble. There, his job was mainly to coach tumbling. Over the years he increased his learning of the physics of the body and could start coaching and spotting in various ways throughout all levels. He was even certified through all tumbling levels through United States All Star Federation, which is a national cheerleading association involved in competitions and certification of all types of competitive cheerleading gyms. Jaz also increased his knowledge of the cheerleading sport all around and has coached different aspects of cheer: stunting, tossing, choreography, jumps, and strength and flexibility. Through guidance from other successful coaches and advice from Debbie Love, Jaz has an all-round knowledge of the sport. He has also helped coach tumbling to students who take on the art of dancing and worked closely with the instructor to make the student perform in the most attractive of ways. Currently, he is adding tricking to his coaching repertoire and aspires to add break dancing as well.
Cheyenne Vernon | Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, P.A.T. Pack
Cheyenne has 19 years of experience in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and hip hop. All of which have been with Steppin’ out. She started dancing at the age of three, became an assistant at 13 and an instructor at 18. She has been the recipient of Steppin’ Out’s Diamond award, Most Dedicated award, the Patricia B. Sanders passion award and the 2005 yearly scholarship winner. Cheyenne has studied under top choreographers such as Lindley Mayer, Jackie Sleight, Chris Judd , Gil Duldalao. Mark Meismer, Laurie Ann Gibson, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Desmond Richardson, Travis Wall, Ivan Koumaev, Tyce diorio, Mia Michaels , Ray Leeper , and Brian Freedman. She performed at Disney World, Wedding Festivals and at the Baby Shower Expo in May 2013 as the character “Snoozles” with the “Shushybye live! Tour”. She was also a contestant in the 2011 Miss Anderson County Pageant. Cheyenne graduated with a Business Management degree from Tri-County Technical College in 2013. She is a nanny outside of the studio which allows her to constantly teach and love children.
Hannah Williams | Ballet, Pointe
Hannah has performed as a guest artist with the Roswell Dance Theatre in Roswell, GA (The Nutcracker Suite-Lead Spanish, Snowflake, Flower) Bluebird Uncaged in Atlanta, GA (Christmas Dance, Sterling’s Path), and Carolina Ballet Theatre in Greenville, SC (The Nutcracker Suite-Lead Spanish, Snow Princess, Snowflakes, The Jungle Book-Shanti, Le Corsaire Pas de Deaux-Medora. Hannah danced as a Company Artist with the Georgia Ballet in Marietta, GA (The Nutcracker Suite-Snow Queen, Ballerina Doll, Snowflake, Flower, Russian Corps, Party Parent, Pas de Quatre, Coppelia-Wheat Pas) and is Joining the Carolina Ballet Theatre as a Company Artist this season. In addition to her impressive professional experience, she has received numerous scholarships including: Houston Ballet Summer Intensive, National Choreography Institute, and Glenda Brown Choreography Project and even had the honor of performing in the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show. .
Shelby Holden | T.W.I.R.L., Tap, Lyrical, P.A.T. Pack
Shelby has been involved with dance for most of her life, starting at the age of two. She has taken jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet, but considers tap her true love. She danced competitively for 14 years, winning numerous awards for jazz and lyrical. Currently, she teaches preschool dance, jazz and tap at Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. Shelby is a proud graduate of Westside High School and just obtained her RN degree from Greenville Technical College.
Heather Statham | Musical Theatre 101
Heather is a power vocalist with a dynamic stage presence and a gifted vocal and performance coach. Her love of the performing arts was nurtured at an early age on stage in dance and musicals. Her training continued while in school at Brenau Women’s College and later took her to New York City and the CAP21/NYU Program. After several years in regional theatre, she turned her attention to live music. She is now ecstatic to be the front woman for the powerhouse quartet that is ThunderGypsy — the 2017 Atlanta Blues Challenge Winner. As a vocal coach, she pulls from all her training and experience to help her students develop their vocal technique along with their artistry and performance skills. Additional training includes Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method – Level 1 (Jeanie Lovetri), Vocal Pedagogy 101 (Dr. Shannon Coates), Soul Ingredients® (Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin), Rock the Audition Certified Teacher (Sheri Sanders), and Musical Theatre Performing Arts Essentials (NYU/Tisch). She is equally skillful as a Repertoire coach and consultant helping teachers and vocal professionals navigate the vast world of repertoire in Musical Theatre and Popular Musics. Her workshops Rock Out your Rep: Creating a Customized Audition book and Pop Rock for Dummies(or those who just haven’t had time to study it) have been met with rave reviews!
Dennis Adams | Ballroom
Dennis Adams and has been teaching ballroom dance lessons in and around Anderson for 20 years. Now don’t get all of the ideas of ballroom being dressy and fancy. Dennis teaches for social, casual dancing. No showcases or competitions! He’ll inspire you to get yourself up out of your recliners and get a little physical and mental exercise. There are opportunities to practice and use what you learn in Anderson and Greenville. And he’ll teach you skills you can use at parties, weddings and on most cruises. Dennis teaches waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, rumba, swing (similar to shag), tango, mambo/salsa and bolero.